Vertical Entertainment has acquired US rights to writer-director Sabrina Doyle’s debut feature drama Lorelei, which premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and stars Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, The Neon Demon) and Emmy and Tony nominee Pablo Schreiber (13 Hours, Orange Is the New Black). Vertical Entertainment is planning to release the film theatrically and On Demand release this summer.
Josh Spector negotiated the deal for Vertical Entertainment with Ryan Kampe of Visit Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Visit is handling international rights and presenting the film to buyers at the virtual EFM.
Lorelei is a working-class fable about a biker, a mermaid, and three shades of blue. Wayland (Pablo Schreiber) has been in prison for 15 years for armed robbery. Upon his release, he returns to his blue-collar hometown and inadvertently reconnects with his high school girlfriend Dolores (Jena Malone), now a single mother struggling to support her three kids, who are all named after different shades of blue. Soon after their reunion, Wayland moves in with the chaotic family and becomes a reluctant yet much-needed father figure.
Struggling to pay the bills, Wayland finds himself drawn back to his old ways as Dolores yearns for her pre-motherhood dream of living in Los Angeles.
Director Sabrina Doyle joins forces with the producers of The Florida Project to create a magnificent dramatic piece laced with a touch of magic. Lorelei won the Jury Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival.
It also picked up Jury and Audience Awards at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival in Germany and Audience and Best Actress Awards at the inaugural Reel Love Film Festival. The film was also nominated at the São Paulo International Film Festival for Lorelei in the New Director’s Competition category and at the upcoming Miami Film Festival for the Jordan Ressler First Feature Award.
It was additionally a recipient of the Stella Artois Women in Film Award. Vertical Entertainment is planning a theatrical and on demand release later this year.
Sabrina Doyle is a British writer/director based between Los Angeles and London. Her film work has been recognized and supported by Women in Film LA, Google, the Nicholl Fellowship, the Mary Pickford Foundation, BAFTA Los Angeles, and the US-UK Fulbright Commission.
A graduate of the American Film Institute and Cambridge University, she also spent a number of years working as a BBC journalist. The late Sir Alan Parker called her work, “refreshingly intelligent, serious and lyrical. Much needed in tomorrow’s cinema.”
Sabrina Doyle said: “As a first generation high school graduate, I wanted to make a film that depicts the resilience of hard-up Americans – their ability to adapt and transform. And to dream big, even when life conspires to keep them small. Pablo, Jena and our three young newcomers all deliver incredible performances, and I’m delighted to partner with Vertical Entertainment to bring this film to US audiences.”
Producer Kevin Chinoy said: “Lorelei is a novel take on a classic blue collar tale, and it’s our hope that all corners of America will identify with its story of redemption and second chances.”
“From first time writer/director Sabrina Doyle, we’re excited to bring this visually stunning and moving portrait of a true working class American family to audiences later this year,” said Rich Goldberg, co-president of Vertical Entertainment. “Schreiber and Malone deliver knock out performances which struck the whole Vertical team.”
Lorelei was directed by Sabrina Doyle, written by Sabrina Doyle, produced by Francesca Silvestri, Kevin Chinoy and Jennifer Radzikowski, executive produced by Arnold Zimmerman, Jianulla Zimmerman, Pablo Schreiber and Jena Malone, co-produced by Lara Cuddy, associate produced by Sabina Freidman-Seitz, with cinematography by Stephen Paar, editing by Daniel Myers, and music by Jeff Russo. The film was produced by Freestyle Picture Company.